PE0341. THE LAST WALTZ (in English) (Music by Oscar Strauss; Libretto by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald; English adaptation has Book by Robert Evett & Reginald Arkell); Lyrics by Reginald Arkell, w.Hubert Bath Cond. Gaiety Theatre Ensemble; Jose Collins & Kingsley Lark. (240 performances). (England) Palaeophonics 162, w.Elaborate 'The Play' 16pp. Brochure replete with numerous photos of the Gaiety Theatre 1922 production; Additional excerpts by Edith Lorand, Savoy Havana Band & Hackel-Berge Orch. Excellently transferred from the legendary Acoustic 78rpm English Columbia rarities. Dominic Combe’s newest delight, produced via his enhanced equipment! For this production he had access to fabulous archival material and superb original 78s with which to work!
"Born in Vienna and a pupil of Max Bruch in Berlin, Oscar Straus followed the advice of Johann Strauss, who told him to gain experience by conducting in provincial theatres. In Berlin he won some fame in the Überbrettl cabaret, for which Schönberg also wrote. Returning to Vienna at the turn of the century, he began to write operetta in a series of works that rivalled in popularity those of Lehár. In 1939 he moved to Paris and then to New York and Hollywood, returning after the war to Bad Ischl, where he died in 1954.
DER TAPFERE SOLDAT, known in English as ‘The Chocolate Soldier’, won particular success in America. Other popular operettas include DER LETZTE WALZER (‘The Last Waltz’). He wrote film scores, notably for the film of Schnitzler’s LA RONDE."
- THE GUIDE TO MUSICAL THEATRE